Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson, House Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee Chairman, issued the following statement addressing the recent announcement of House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen's retirement.
"Rodney is an incredible legislator and a close friend who I will miss very much. It has been an honor to serve with him and as a member of his committees these many years. Under Chairman Frelinghuysen's leadership and dedication, the House Appropriations Committee has completed our business by passing all of our FY 17 appropriations bills. He can get things done."
"I have been asked many times if I would be interested in a larger role on the committee someday. My response has always been and remains that it is something I will seriously consider. For now, we should be grateful for the years of service that Rodney and his family have given his district and our country. He will be missed very much."